Conclusion: Don't go in expecting creative storytelling. 'The Croods' is basically ' Ice Age ' with better animation and cavemen instead of a mammoth, sloth, and saber-toothed tiger. What separates it from the pack of generic CGI kid movies is the outlandishly fun animation. It's never boring to look at.
Summary: When all is said in done, The Croods is your average animated kids’ film. There were a few good bits but really nothing that has me hailing this a classic or something to remember at year’s end. This could have been so much more, but for me this just fell apart in the story department.
Conclusion: An uneven mix of slapstick, action, and family drama, The Croods never comes together as it intends to. It looks sharp and remains harmless, but fails to make a strong, meaningful impression.
Excerpt: The Croods inhabit a world of wacky evolution, where birds are covered in turtles shells and land whales munch on ferns, background events which weigh on this primitive family as progress washes over them.
Conclusion: The Croods offers a hugely satisfying animated movie experience, particularly beyond the fairly stale and predictable superficial dynamics. Under the surface is warm, welcoming story, a fun, honest, heartelft tale of discovery, of satisfaction, of accepting new things, of understanding the greater...
Conclusion: I was not expecting to be wowed by The Croods , but I did want to see it and I am happy that I did. While not a great animated feature, it is fun for what it is and made better by its solid animation work and moments of cleverness.
Excerpt: The Croods opens with a visual reminder that spiffy digital animation actually belongs to an ancient line of storytelling methods that can be traced back to cave-wall paintings. These doodles helped pass narratives down from one generation to the next.